The Russellville-Logan County Crime Stoppers now offers the public a “Safe Transaction Zone” at the Logan County Justice Center.
The Safe Transaction Zone is for buyers and sellers that utilize websites such as Craigslist and social media sites such as the many “For Sale” in certain counties. The safe area can also be utilized for child custody exchanges where one parent is meeting another for visitation.
The area is located off of the Owen Street entrance (one way) into the Justice Center where a sign has been posted. There are surveillance cameras that monitor the area, which will assure any activity is captured on tape.
Is you are completing an online transaction, you can now make the exchange in this public parking area. This will supply additional protection. However, remember there is always a risk meeting people you do not know.
“I think this idea was a wise one,” said Russellville Police Chief Victor Shifflett. “The Safe Transaction Zone provides extra confidence for the community and offers a safe place for them to go. It is a high traffic area and is under 24-hour surveillance.”
Shifflett said Russellville hasn’t had any problems thus far with buying and selling transactions going bad, but knows other communities have.
“This is a progressive step, one which we are thinking ahead and of what could happen,” said Shifflett.
The idea to create a Safe Transaction Zone came out of a Crime Stoppers Board meeting when member Amanda Gossett brought it to the table. Gossett serves as an agent for State Farm Insurance, located in Russellville.
“I saw on Facebook that another local community had a designated pickup/drop off site for person-to-person purchases and I immediately wanted that for Logan County,” said Gossett. “We have a couple of very successful websites locally that allow people to find great deals, but there is always an underlying safety concern when you are going to the home of a stranger or agreeing to meet up with them at different places in town. I felt like Crime Stoppers was the perfect organization to bring this idea to fruition – preventing crime is what we are about after all. The committee was instantly supportive of the idea, and Chief Shifflett went right to work getting approval from the powers that be. I am so proud that we are able to offer this safety measure to our community, and hope that it is utilized to the max!”
The Crime Stoppers Board is very grateful to the Justice Center for allowing the area to be designated for the safety of the citizens of Logan County.
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